In the past week focus in Russiagate has swung wildly from zeroing in on Carter Page, who not only keeps incriminating himself during interviews, but apparently also transmitted to the Russians some recording of Trump asking the Russians to help with his campaign, (and this coincided with Trump publicly asking the Russians to hack Clinton’s emails during a Presidential debate*), back to Michael Flynn, who accepted money from foreign governments even after being told not to. Apparently in addition to other investigations of Flynn (one of which the White House is obstructing by refusing to release certain documents), the Pentagon is also now investigating him. All of which means that it sucks to be Michael Flynn right now.
One wonders when the focus will shift back to Manafort, who we have not heard a whole lot about in a while. And how about Giuliani? He was supposed to be in handcuffs at least 2 weeks ago. Haven’t heard a word lately.
As for Nunes, he’s disappeared for the time being. Chaffetz keeps speaking in mazes and hasn’t taken leave yet, it seems (guess that tootsie wasn’t so sore after all). McCain and Graham were full of shit to begin with. Burr has had an ethics complaint brought against him. And it goes on and on and on, and almost everyone whose behavior has been weird has R-(state) after their name. A few, like Nunes and Chaffetz, have gone downright squirrelly, but according to them we’re supposed to believe that nothing is wrong. Sing along with them: “It’s just another day in paradise,” and go happily about your business. At least, that’s what they’d like you to do.
Put all this together and I have just one piece of advice to help sort it out: it’s not just one person who is the key to this. It’s ALL of them (otherwise how did they all end up in one administration, and one Republican Congress, together at the same time?). Add to that at least 4 decades of Republican-party corruption and you have your answer.
And then there’s Comey. The only thing I can say for him is that Obama stuck by him, and I trusted Obama. But I can also say that Comey’s dragging his feet…or is he? Word has it that there are two Russiagate grand juries in progress, and one is nearly done with its work (since all the news last week was about Flynn, I’m guessing this grand jury was focusing on something related to him). Stay tuned. In the end it may turn out that Comey sacrificed his reputation for the sake of the Republic, but that sounds a bit too melodramatic to believe. Still, Obama stuck by him — and Trump has made at least one threat to fire him. To me, that says a lot.
Once again, to anyone feeling lost and confused, all I can advise is never lose sight of the fact that just about everyone on the Trump administration has Russian connections, and so do an awful lot of other people in the Republican party. This will get you through all these wild changes of focus on the part of the investigations and in the media.
It will also help you deal with any attempted distractions thrown out by Trump or others in his circle, and those are pitched out almost daily. Never expect to read about any of that here because I can pride myself on being almost immune. Not that I won’t slip up now and then; I will (and I already have). But keep this in mind: if you don’t read about it here eventually, it’s a distraction. Don’t bother with it.
*I’d like to point out once again that not only did Trump publicly ask the Russians to hack Clinton’s emails, but at the last debate, when his poll numbers were in the toilet and we were all looking forward to Madame President, Trump stated that we should just hand him the election now. Somehow no one seems to remember this anymore, but I do, and I believe he said it because he knew the election was fixed. Also remember how from October on he kept crying about the election being fixed in Clinton’s favor. Just always keep in mind that Trump is nearly transparent. Whatever he whines that someone else is doing (and they’re usually not), you can bet he’s doing himself. As in, he knew what the Russians were up to, AND he asked them to do it.
P.S. It’s now Sunday, the beginning of week 3, and no one has been arrested.
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